The Breckenridge Recreation Center is a great example of the Town’s commitment to providing enriching community recreational resources. The 69,000 square‐foot facility is a welcome surprise to guests and new residents not expecting such a high‐quality recreation center in a small town. The facility leaps into the 21st century with a large-scale $17.2 million renovation beginning in April 2017.
The planned renovation for 2017 includes converting the current indoor courts within the Recreation Center a new two-story space. With this conversion, the recreation center will expand approximately 11,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet, with a dedicated youth wing and triple the previous fitness space.
The current first level will be split between an indoor turf field, weight room, high intensity team training area and group exercise space. Administrative space and additional dressing areas will also be added. The mezzanine level will be partially open to the first floor and offer guests a new cardio fitness area, cycling studio and stretching area. Functional fitness and stretching areas will be expanded on the mezzanine and the west wall will become mostly windows to capture the mountain views and natural light.
Also included in the project is the relocation of the Recreation Department staff offices to the current cardio and circuit training areas on the second floor. The existing office space is to be converted to another group fitness studio which will greatly expand the fitness classes and activities offered to the community. The total fitness space triples to over 16,500 square feet and the number of dedicated studios grows from 2 to 4.
On the first floor, a new children’s wing moves into the current weight room including a year-round indoor playground, Bearly Big Child Care, and a dedicated youth programs area. Avalanche Physical Therapy moves into the current Bearly Big Child Care space, providing a larger space with more convenient patient access. Finally, the current lobby and multi-purpose rooms will be remodeled, providing more meeting room availability for community use. Unseen improvements include the replacement of all necessary HVAC systems throughout the building.
Finally, a 17,500 square-foot stand-alone indoor tennis center built over two of the current outdoor hard courts. The center will have two indoor hard courts along with locker rooms, offices and a pro shop.
The Recreation Center was originally built in 1991 as a 62,000 square‐foot facility on the 38‐acre Kingdom Park site at an original cost of $7 million. Due to the popularity of the facility and lack of space in several areas from the original design, an expansion was approved in 1996. The expansion of approximately 7,000 square feet opened in March 1997, and consisted of a larger cardiovascular area and free weight room, new climbing wall, cardio theater system, relocation of racquetball court, relocation of physical therapy, and additional office space. The cost for the expansion at the time was $1.3 million.
In recent years, continued upgrades included a major upgrade of the aquatics area including flooring, mechanical, water features and play features (2007), remodels of the multipurpose room, kitchen and family locker rooms (2008), an aquatics roof repair (2009), and a $280,000 locker room renovation (2010). Significant improvements were made in the aquatics area in October 2016. Both pools were resurfaced and regrouted, new tiling was added to the lap pool, the outdated play features were removed, the indoor hot tub was retiled and re-piped, and sauna benches were replaced.
Plans and preparations are underway for the renovation and are anticipated to change rapidly. Get the latest on updates, timetables and other information on the Rec Center Renovation page, www.BreckRecRenovation.com. The Recreation Department will also host public meetings and information sessions in the coming months, so be sure to check back often for dates.
The Breckenridge Town Council and Recreation Department staff are thrilled to bring these much requested and needed updates to the heart of the Breckenridge community.